Politicians futz and fume over rising healthcare costs, honestly seeming like schoolyard children sometimes. Short of putting them in "Time Out", I have a suggestion that is super cost effective as well as being, well, just effective!
Take STROKE as an example.
- $43 billion
- The direct costs = $28 billion, indirect costs = $15 billion
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- Women who walked briskly for 210 minutes or more per week (that's only 30 minutes per day for only 6 days per week!!) had a lower stroke risk than inactive women
- This translated to a whopping 43 percent reduction in stroke risk (article just pubbed in the American Heart Association journal, Stroke. Full Article is here)
Cost of the "prevention medicine"?
- Maybe $25 for a pair of shoes
- 42 Billion, 999 Million, 999 Thousand, 975 dollars
This amounts to a 171.9 BILLION PERCENT return on investment (ROI). Investors hope, hope, hope for a consistent return of 10% or so. If you could produce a 171.9 billion percent return ... every year ... you would have a winning formula.
Maybe we should start with that. Just thinking out loud.